Even Stevens Is One Of Country Music’s Greatest Songwriters Ever
It was the 1970's I guess that I really started to appreciate the people 'behind' the songs. The songwriters.
I was working nights in Winner, S.D. back then, a young kid, late teens/early twenties and would hear songs I really liked and would check the names of the people who wrote them.
I was doing a little writing myself back then and still do. These songwriters i found inspired me (and still do).
I discovered a few names you know and many you don't. Names like Kristofferson, Silverstein, Haggard, Nelson, Barnes, Throckmorton and....
Stevens. Even Stevens.
The general public may not recognize the name (except maybe as some TV series that was on...I guess). But you'll recognize the genius of his words and music.
As an example, let's take the late, great Eddie Rabbit (an artist, by the way, that I think should be in the Country Music Hall of Fame, but I wrote about that before). Eddie was a great writer in his own right and did a lot of creative artistic work with Even Stevens. Oh, you know...'Gone Too Far', 'Hearts On Fire', 'Drivin' My Life Away', 'Step By Step' and...well, many, many more.
Even also wrote or co-wrote great Classics like 'Love Will turn You Around', 'Pour me Another Tequila', 'When You're In Love With A Beautiful Woman' and so many more.
Many of Even's songs are classics, standards, iconic in the world of music in general and country music specifically.
So it may surprise you that my all time favorite Even Stevens song is one of, perhaps, his lesser known songs. It was a great hit for Bobby Bare (another of my favorite artist's) in the 1970's, but isn't the fun sing-a-long that some of Even's other hit's are.
It's called 'Too Many Nights Alone' and Even sings it in this video clip.
Why is it my favorite? because it moves me, it did the first time I heard it and it still does all these years later.
And after all, isn't that what a song is supposed to do?
If you love listening to Classic Country KXRB, you love listening to Even Stevens work. You just didn't know it. But now you do.